“Joey The Bull” and “Showtime” Take Wins at the Weekend

Posted: March 16, 2015 in News
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Anybody know how to say “this is my house!!” in Polish? Piotr ” Showtime” Lobodzinski definitely does, and he declared it loudly on Saturday morning with another dominant performance in his native Warsaw.

Showtime reaches the top in no time

Showtime reaches the top in no time

There was a stacked field in the Polish capital for the Towerrunning Grand Prix with Riedl, Celko, Holec, Manzi and Ruga just some of the elite stair climbers ready to put “Showtime” to the test. The race up the 836 stairs of Rondo 1 began with a qualifying round to determine starting positions for the final, and Lobodzinski secured himself a 1.58 second lead from his nearest rival Christian “The Eclipse” Riedl. Thomas “The Zilina Avalanche” Celko was third place going into the final. At the end of the final run, these positions had stayed the same. After finishing second a couple of weeks ago in London, Italy’s Fabio “Stair Charmer” Ruga took fourth spot.

The usual suspects, "The Eclipse", "Showtime" and "The Avalanche", dominate the podium once more

The usual suspects, “The Eclipse”, “Showtime” and “The Avalanche”, dominate the podium once more

You can re-watch all the action from the day on the link below, with the men’s final starting around the 4:00:00 mark:

http://new.livestream.com/accounts/3241/events/3855012/videos/80224367

For some more details on the race, including a few post-victory words from Lobodzinski you can check out the News section at Towerrunning.com here.

In the women’s section of the race, Polish pride was upheld by a powerful performance from “The Rising Sun” Dominika Wisniweska-Ulfik. The lean mountain running champion broke the course record during her qualification run and didn’t let up in the final. Anna “Four Steps” Ficner made it a Polish one-two as she pushed hard in the final to jump a place and work her way into the second spot. Czech Republic’s Zuzanna “Titanium Calves” Krchova managed to just nick third place from her fellow countrywoman Lenka “Czech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself” Svabikova, with less than a second separating the pair.

As ever, there were Fight For Air climbs taking place across the States on Saturday. We don’t have results for the race at the Sunrise Banque Building in Albuquerque, New Mexico yet, but well done to all who climbed there.

Up in Indianapolis, Indiana they were climbing the 1,034 steps of Chase Tower. There were a few climb options on the day, with participants able to opt for one, two or three runs up the tower. Results suggest that some unnamed beast who turned up on the day crushed the stairwell in 2:38!! Is Tim Donahue up to his Scarlet Pimpernel tricks again?? That is super fast. Maybe it was a technical glitch.

In the three-climb option, the plaudits went to 57 year old winner Joseph “Joey The Bull” Kenny, with Kevin “Ain’t No Joke” Koke coming in second. Local man Andrew “The Patriot” Neville was third. The fastest lady on the day taking on three climbs was Kristen “No Doubt” Trout.

In Buffalo, NY climbers were determined to conquer the 800 steps of One Seneca Tower. Ed “Bad News” Badida took the win in 3:58. Dan “Danny Muscles” Wightman was second in 4:10, with “Hot Rod” Todd Suszynski rounding out the podium in 4:14.

The final set of results come from the popular event in Phoenix, Arizona where climbers faced off against the 1,272 steps of the Renaissance Square building. There were some well known names in the US stair running world at the event and the win went to Steve “Ex” Stermer “nator” who climbed in a fast 6:53. He was followed by Leland “Gunner” Jay, while Franco “Fast Frankie” Orozco took third. The fastest lady on the day, and finishing an impressive fourth overall, was Anne “Red” Herrington.

Interested in taking part in a tower running event? Check out our partners Total Motion Events or our race calendar to find out what events are happening near you.

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